Multiethnic Symposium

Multiethnic Symposium at Concordia Seminary

The Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship. The symposium explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means — and what it will take — to become a truly multiethnic church.

2017 Multiethnic Symposium
Reformation Across Borders
(La Reforma transcendiendo fronteras)
Jan. 24-25, 2017

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 2017 Multiethnic Symposium will examine the various ways in which the Reformation message has spanned time and place. Participants will examine ways to turn socio-linguistic, institutional and theological barriers into stepping stones to bring the pure Gospel to people across the world.

Keynote: Dr. Enoch Wan, research professor of intercultural studies and director of the Intercultural Studies Program at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore.

Wan will lead participants in a historical review of the paradigm shift of Martin Luther that occurred 500 years ago and offer a proposal for the Lutheran church bodies in North America in the 21st century based on the global trends.

Plenary and sectional speakers from throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will share mission perspectives on how the wide-ranging effect of the Reformation impacted their respective fields of ministry.

The symposium will include the 12th annual Hispanic lecture, “Luther and Calvin on the Cosmopolitan Church (Lutero y Calvino sobre la Iglesia Cosmopolita),” presented by Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodriguez, associate professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Werner Auditorium. Dr. Victor Belton, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ga., will give the response. The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Studies, is free and open to the public. Download a poster here.

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Parts of the symposium, including the keynote address and Hispanic lecture, will be available via live stream here.

Click here to view this year’s schedule. Click here to view the list of presenters. Download a poster for the 2017 Multiethnic Symposium here.

Registration is $50. Included in the registration are Tuesday lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast and lunch, the Hmong Symposium Jan. 21-23, Islam Forum Jan. 23 and the Hispanic Theological Consultation 25-26. See the information below for more details about each pre- and post-event.

Hmong Symposium
Hispanic Theological Consultation
Islam Forum

Related Events

The Lutheran Society for Missiology (LSFM), the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA) and the North American Mission Endeavor (NAME) are sponsoring events during the same week as the Multiethnic Symposium. Separate registrations are required for each event.

The Annual Banquet for LSFM will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25. Learn more at

The 2017 ALMA Conference with the theme, “ReforMission 2017: On His Mission!,” will be held Jan. 26-27 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport. Learn more and register here:

The NAME conference will be held Monday, Jan. 23. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Mueller at 503-493-6550 or

For more information about the Multiethnic Symposium, contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or